Health is a big giant pain in the rump. First, a week or so ago, Adelay gets this diaper rash which refuses to depart, despite days and days of vigilant creaming and frequent diaper changing. My SIL clues me in that she might have an ear infection or something, but just isn't exhibiting other symptoms. So, I call and schedule her eighteen-month checkup a little early, thinking I will mention this whole ear infection possibility then. But they couldn't get me in for two weeks, and now, a week since I called, the rash remains and the appointment is still a week from tomorrow. So I'm thinking I need to take her in.
Also, I've been noticing weird pain through my belly, which I mentioned awhile ago. I pretty much narrowed the belly-button-tenderness situation down to being a separated stomach muscle, which I've heard is pretty common in pregnancy. But now for several days I've also been having what I'm pretty sure are contractions- my stomach seems to ball up and I feel pain low, like menstrual cramps, not on the side like muscle stretching. I finally called the OB office this morning, and the nurse I talked to sounded concerned and said she thought I should be examined since I have a history of preterm labor, but that my doctor is out for the week.
So now I have to basically try to lie around and do nothing but prop my feet up and drink lots of water until he gets back, and take careful note of when and how often I feel these pains. If they get worse or more frequent, I have to go to the ER or to another OB in town to get checked out. Yay! Everyone knows how much I love being in limbo, just sitting around waiting to find out if something is wrong or not.
I'm trying not to be overly concerned though. I mean, some things I've read say that in second pregnancies, it's not uncommon for Braxton-Hicks to start much earlier than in first pregnancies. On the other hand... What if I have an incompetent cervix or something that's been made even weaker since the last baby, and my body is already starting labor? That freaks me out so much. I know the chances of that are pretty slim, but when you're just lying around with nothing to do but think, those are the things you think about. Good old worst case scenarios.